(St. Paul, MN) — March 10th, 2022 — Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner Matthew Schuerger was appointed as the Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity. Commissioner Schuerger will lead efforts to develop and advance policies that promote a reliable, adequate, and affordable supply of electricity. Through collaboration with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and related agencies, the Committee on Electricity seeks ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of electricity regulation.
“I am honored to be appointed to Chair of the Committee on Electricity,” said Commissioner Schuerger. “As the energy industry has evolved over my career, proactive collaboration between state regulators, federal agencies, and industry experts is crucial to a more efficient regulatory framework, and, more importantly, it helps ensure a reliable power system that meets consumer demands at a reasonable price.”
The NARUC president appoints committee chairs for a one-year term and they may be reappointed for a maximum of three consecutive terms. Commissioner Schuerger was previously the Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Electricity and will assume the role of chair immediately. There will be a committee confirmation vote within 10 days.
Commissioner Schuerger was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on February 1, 2016. During his time as Commissioner, he has served on many national boards and committees beyond NARUC including: the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Member Representatives Committee, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council, and the Organization of MISO States (OMS) Board of Directors, where he was elected to serve as president of the board of directors in 2020. Prior to his time as regulator, Commissioner Schuerger worked in a variety of private sector roles in the energy industry over the last 35 years.
NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC represents the interests of state public utility commissions before the three branches of the federal government.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regulates three cornerstone service industries in Minnesota’s economy; electricity, natural gas and telephone. The Commission’s mission is to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, adequate and efficient utility services at fair, reasonable rates consistent with State telecommunications and energy policies. It does so by providing independent, consistent, professional and comprehensive oversight and regulation of utility service providers. Learn more at mn.gov/puc